Solved Graphics chip has changed?

January 18, 2013 at 19:37:22
Specs: Windows 764 bit, Core i7/8gb

I received my dad's laptop after he passed this past summer and it is an Acer 7750-6423 with a Core i5 2430m, I upgraded the ram to 8gb ddr3 ram, 640gb hard drive, Intel HD graphics(according to Device Manager). When we bought the laptop for him, in the Device Manager, it did not indicate that there was Intel HD 3000 graphics. It just stated that there was Intel HD graphics. Now I have since updated the graphics driver 2 times. The first time I upgraded, I went to the Acer site and downloaded and installed the more recent driver from them because according to Acer, that was where I was supposed to get the updated drivers. When I did, in the Device Manager it still indicated that it was still Intel HD graphics. I looked at the WEI rating when we bought it and it indicated a rating of 4.6. When I upgraded the graphics a couple of days ago, I downloaded the Intel Graphics 3000 from the Intel site and installed it. It installed without a hitch. I noticed a performance increase and then I looked I looked at the WEI and it now read 5.6 and the Device Manager indicated Intel Graphics 3000 HD graphics. Now I know this is a lot of information just for a graphics chip question(on-board graphics at that). It is just very curious to me. If I have left out any pertinent details, let me know. All replies and opinions are greatly appreciated.


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January 18, 2013 at 20:30:47

So what do you want the problem?

The Graphics were updated. Thee chip didn't change but the software did.

The same thing happened with my i3. Nothing to worry about. That addition to the number in the title is trivial.

If you had allowed Windows Update to do its thing it would have installed the latest drivers without you having to go searching for them,


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January 18, 2013 at 21:02:45

Thanks for the reply. Got it.

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January 19, 2013 at 06:41:04
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The graphics chip is integrated into the CPU, not the motherboard. You said you have an Core i5 2430m. If you look at the following, you'll see it has IntelĀ® HD Graphics 3000.

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January 19, 2013 at 07:13:47

Windows update drivers do not perform well as one provided from manufacture website this very true especially video driver.
Also keep in mind that OEM's do not always update their drivers, they complete abandon their old machines.

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January 19, 2013 at 09:09:45

Thanks for all of the replies. This is all good information. I knew that about Windows driver software. One thing I do with new machines is update the drivers from the manufacturers. Anyway, thanks again for all of the replies. You guys are still the cats!


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